Memo to Tom Kean, Jr: invite Liz Cheney, not Kevin McCarthy, as a special guest at your campaign launch


Dear Tom,

I will support you for the election in 2022 to the United States House of Representatives in the 7th District of New Jersey, just as I did in 2020, against incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski. I’d like to note that since the hostile takeover of the GOP by Donald Trump’s neofascist forces in 2016, you and Congressman Chris Smith are the only New Jersey Republicans I’ve backed for federal office.

You are worthy of my support. You have been an outstanding leader of the Republican minority in the New Jersey State Senate, and your ethics and skills are beyond reproach.

Yet there is an even deeper reason for my continued support for you.

As a third generation American Jew, I can say unequivocally and without hyperbole that your grandfather, Congressman Robert Winthrop Kean, was the best friend American Jewry has ever had in the United States Congress.

Bob Kean was a strong advocate for the rescue and immigration to America of European Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. He courageously undertook such a plea against the anti-Semitic opposition of the Roosevelt Assistant Secretary of State for the Administration, Breckinridge Long. Thanks to the relentless efforts of Bob Kean, the Roosevelt administration was forced to give in and form the War Refugee Board to facilitate the immigration of European Jewish refugees. After the war, Bob Kean became a leading voice in the House of Representatives for the establishment of the State of Israel.

His son, your father, Tom Kean, the greatest governor of New Jersey in the 20th century, has carried on this tradition admirably. During his administration, by executive order, he established both the Israeli Commission of New Jersey and the Commission for Holocaust Education. I had the honor of working with this latter commission in developing legislation that mandated teaching of the Holocaust in New Jersey public schools.

I had a deeper experience with Tom Kean, but it forever bonded me to him. He may not remember it, but I will never forget it.

This happened during New Jersey’s first educational mission on the Holocaust to Poland and Israel in the summer of 1995, in which your father and I participated.

We visited Auschwitz, the extermination camp where three million Jews were murdered. There is a place in the camp called White Pond, where the ashes of 750,000 Jews were thrown. The mission leaders asked me to recite the “Kel Mole Rachamim” prayer, the Jewish memorial prayer for the deceased.

I have led many Jewish prayer services in my 71 years of life, but none have been as difficult as this. Most of my extended paternal family who remained in the Polish towns of Pultusk and Rozan had been murdered during the Holocaust, and they were very present in my mind at that time. Reciting this prayer left me in a totally distraught state. I left for the bus in overwhelming emotional pain.

Right behind me, your father, Tom Kean. He came up to me and complimented me on the feeling I showed while reciting the prayer. We then discussed the Holocaust and the possibility of Nazism coming to power in America.

Your father, Tom Kean, literally felt my pain. I will never forget this.

And I know, Tom, Jr., that you feel the same deep commitment your father and grandfather has to Holocaust education and the survival and security of the State of Israel.

What a difference there is between Bob Kean, Tom Kean and Tom Kean, Jr of Donald Trump! You know, Donald Trump, who said to his former chief of staff, General John Kelly, “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things.”https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/07/politics/donald-trump-adolf-hitler-book-claims/index.html

And in a nutshell, that’s what makes it so inappropriate and politically self-defeating that you invited Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy as a special guest to kick off your campaign. Last year you lost to Malinowski because you were labeled by his campaign as a Trump loyalist, despite having no trace of association with him. By inviting Trump’s main facilitator, Kevin McCarthy, as a special guest, you allow Malinowski to again unfairly label you as Trumpist.

As Trump’s weak Vidkin Quisling, Kevin McCarthy has earned an ignominious place in American history by his efforts to impede any bipartisan investigation into the events of the January 6 insurgency against the United States government, instigated and inspired. by Donald Trump.

Trump’s action was the worst abuse of power and act of treacherous behavior ever committed by a US president. McCarthy’s goal has been to shield Trump from liability for his blatant violation of his presidential oath and his betrayal of his nation.

Just as Henry Clay is known throughout history as the Great Compromise, Kevin McCarthy will be forever remembered as the Great Obstructionist. He echoed Trump’s Big Lie that Donald was fraudulently deceived in an election victory. McCarthy then voted against creating an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurgency.And he supported the removal of Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., From the House leadership over her vote to impeach Trump and her rebuttal of his stolen bogus election claims.

McCarthy’s vile leadership is also distinguished by his efforts to protect the vile, vulgar, deeply evil, racist, fascist and anti-Semitic sidekick of QAnon, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, while attempting to destroy the main heroine. American Republican, Liz Cheney. It’s no wonder he’s even more politically toxic in New Jersey than Donald Trump himself.

Tom Malinowski has two of the most skilled political media in the country, Brad Lawrence and Steve DeMicco. You can be assured that they will be running ads linking you and Kevin McCarthy. The commercials will conclude with clips from the following New York Times film of scenes from the insurgency:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/us/jan-6-capitol-attack-takeaways.html?smid=url-share

I suspect you made the decision to invite McCarthy on the advice of your best advisers. I also suspect that some of these advisers might be paid by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). If so, these advisers have a serious conflict of interest. They are paid to protect the interests of Donald Trump, not you. You should remove them from your campaign immediately.

As long as you are bonded with Kevin McCarthy, you are quite the loser. There is cancer in your campaign, but there is dramatic action you can take to end the cancer. You can uninvite Kevin McCarthy and invite as special guest for the campaign launch, Liz Cheney.

I had my difference with Liz Cheney on environmental issues. She is, however, an admirable classical curator, smaller and smarter, unlike Kevin McCarthy. And she has now earned a place in American history as a major profile of courage.

You will instantly become a National Hero if you replace Liz Cheney with the infamous Kevin McCarthy as the special guest at the launch of the campaign.

Yes, you will lose the MAGA type votes in your district. Yet you will more than make up for that with the thousands of Democrats and Independents who will come out to vote for you.

You will also lose important NRC funding. You will be able to offset that in large part through anti-Trump funding sources. Sure, you’ll have enough funds to get your point across – and your new anti-Trumpist message will be far more compelling than anything Tom Malinowski can develop.

In short, it will be difficult, but you will win by dropping McCarthy and the Trump facilitators from your campaign. You will become a national leader in the battle to save the Republican Party from the neofascist Trumpism that now controls it.

There is one more thing about Bob Kean’s legacy that you will be able to accomplish. In addition to removing the stench of Trumpism, you can help restore the glory of Eisenhower’s legacy that was wiped out from contemporary republicanism.

Your grandfather, Bob Kean, was a staunch supporter of Ike. Last month, the C-Span survey of historians again ranked Ike as our fifth greatest president.

https://www.insidernj.com/bern-shanley-new-jerseys-prime-connection-eisenhower-legacy/

This note is well deserved. Ike’s accomplishments were impressive and historic, including 1) his negotiated end to the Korean War in 1953; 2) his refusal to intervene in the French colonial war in Vietnam in 1954; 3) soundenactment in 1956 of the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. who created our current system of interstate freeways, which made possible the growth and flourishing of the American suburb; 4) its application of school desegregation in Little Rock in 1957; 5) its promulgation of the first civil rights law since Reconstruction in 1957 and 1960; and 6) his farewell speech, in which he warned of the “military-industrial complex”.

Ike was both a great president and a supreme war hero. I am an Eisenhower Republican, one of the few to stay in our country. Because of this, there is no place for me in the Republican Party today. And I don’t want it either, because a Jew proud of his heritage can never be comfortable in a neo-fascist party.

Dwight David Eisenhower could never be named president by the Republican Party today. No more than another great Republican president, Ronald Reagan, who placed ninth in the C-Span inquiry.

Instead, today’s neo-fascist Republican Party prefers physically fit and heroic Ike and Reagan a fat, gluttonous and orange Donald Trump, a corrupt and twisted cheat and business failure, a racist low-life and fanatic, ignorant of history and cheap and ugly political thug a la Sonny Liston.

My friend, Tom Kean, Jr., the Republican Party is your historic birthright. Bob Kean was close to Ike, and your father was close to Ronald Reagan. It is a legacy of greatness, and you can now enrich it. If you team up with Liz Cheney and dismiss Kevin McCarthy’s political toxicity, you’ll earn a place in history in the Republican Party’s fight to find his soul.

Alan J. Steinberg served as a regional administrator for Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush and executive director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.

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